Gruen watches are top quality and this one is a cut above many of their other watches. It's unusual appearance is due to two factors. The slender profile and rose-colored dial combine to give a unique Art Deco look to a easy-to-carry timepiece. It is also very thin for its era and, because of this, is classified as an "Opera Watch". This designation signified that it was easy to carry in a tuxedo vest while in attendance at the opera. It is a fifteen jewel, Caliber 381 thoroughbred movement in a yellow gold-filled case with stylized gold hands and a seconds bit at the 6 o'clock position. The case measures 39mm in diameter by 51mm from the bottom of the case to the top of the bow, by 8.5mm thick. It also sports a oblong bow and a great original dial with gold applied numerals, Circa 1939. This Gruen is very unusual and scarce and it can be yours. Fully restored and warrantied. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
This Chesterfield is a Swiss Pocket Alarm from the 1950's that is in great condition. It is housed in a chrome case that open to provide an easel stand for the watch so that you can put it on your beside table. The case measures 53mm in diameter by 72mm from the bottom of the case, to the top of the bow. The dial diameter is 40mm. The numerals and the hands have that aged lume color that only comes with care and age. The pointed arrow, blued steel hand, indicates the time for the alarm to sound and is set by a knob at the rear of the watch. We have removed the bell, which fills the entire case back to show you what great condition the movement is in. The idea was that not only did you have a pocket watch to carry for time during your busy day, but you also had an alarm that could awaken you at the start of your day....all in one watch! This great looking watch is running, winding, setting, and sounding the alarm just like it did over 67 years ago. Our head watch maker has assured me that it is in perfect running condition and the one year warranty that we give you will allow you to sleep at night....until the alarm sounds!
The American Waltham Company was one of America''s earliest makers and the second largest after Elgin in terms of production. They held forth first in Roxbury and, in later years, Waltham, Massaschusetts. After many different owners, directors, and name changes they settled on "The American Waltham Watch Company, (later just Waltham).
This American Waltham pocket watch is in a large 18 size Silverode (nickel & copper amalagam) case, measuring 58mm in diameter by 85mm from the case bottom to the top of the bow, by 22mm thick. It has a fantastic fancy dial that features two butterflies in the center of an arcaded chapter ring. Although there is a hairline between the 12 and the 5 it is till a fantastic sight to behold. The case is in great condition and has that wonderful luster of an aged timepiece. You will notice that the stem goes in at the three o'clock position rather than at the 12. This is what we call a "Sidewinder". The movement which our watchmakers have performing beautifully, is a seven jewel, full plate, gilded ,movement circa 1893.
Once you hold it in your hand you know that this is definitely a hefty man's watch. Take a look at the dial and notice how nice it is even after 124 years. The large seconds bit is sunken and every second is delineated along its perimeter. The case is a "Swing-Out", screw bezel workhorse that will last for another 124 years, easy. All-in-all this is a very nice, very early, stem wind from a legendary company. It can be yours! Remember all of our timepieces come with a one year warranty so that you may buy with confidence.
This is one of the "Art Deco" 17 Jewel, open face, Howards that was made circa 1924. It has an original box and papers that are from the era but do not match exactly the serial number. My guess is that there were two watches purchased and the boxes got switched at some time in the past because the serial numbers are so close. Never-the-less it is an original box, with original papers. It is a 12 size (measuring 46mm in width by 59mm from the case bottom to the top of the bow), white gold filled, "Extra" case (the thickest gold filled case made) and the case condition is wonderful. Our head watch maker has it winding, setting, and keeping time just as it did back in the 1920's. What really makes it really sing, however, is the "Art Deco" silvered dial. It is just a thing of beauty, that is doubly accented by the pierced, blued steel hands, the engraved pendant, the stylized numerals, and the unusual bow shape. This fabulous case contains a Series Seven that is in pristine condition. Howard has a sterling reputation for quality and this watch is no exception. We warranty all of our timepieces for one year, for parts and labor, so that you may buy with confidence. It can be yours.
An alarm in your watch? Really? Yep, it was a big deal in the 1950's. Just set it and it would chirp like a cricket when it was set to go off! You may have heard of the Rolex "President" and you may be aware of how watch companies are in a constant search for celebrity endorsements to promote their products, but long before this was a fact of life Vulcain was known as the "Watch of Presidents" . Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Harry Truman were all Vulcain owners. Vulcain had its beginnings way back in 1858 in Switzerland, but their claim to fame was born in 1947 when they developed, perfected, and brought to market their "Cricket Alarm Watch". This is one of their famous "Cricket Alarm Watches". Vulcain had succeeded by solving the problem of incorporating a striking mechanism within the small space of a wristwatch case, while still allowing it to be heard and felt on the wrist. Today every manner of electronic device can ring and alert you, but back in the day this was an absolute marvel. I remember my uncle, who was a hot shot salesman, coming home one day with a "Cricket" on his wrist and all of us kids crowded around to get a glimpse of it and to hear it go off. It was magic! Today these watches are sought after for their novelty and great engineering. This particular Vulcain Cricket" made between 1958 and 1961 is one of the nicest ones we have ever had, and all original as well. Make sure you take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see how nice it looks from every angle. The case measures 34mm in diameter (not including the crown), by 42mm lug to lug. by 12mm thick. You will notice that there is a long hand with an arrowhead tip at its end; this is the alarm indicator. You simply set that hand by depressing the alarm pusher at the two o'clock position and then rotating the crown until it indicates the time you wish it to sound. Once the alarm goes off you can stop the alarm by, once again, pressing the pusher and then you may re-set to a new time if you desire. The case is yellow gold-filled with a stainless steel back and the back has sound apertures so the alarm is easily heard as well as felt. The silvered dial has applied gold markers that give it a classy look...unfortunately it is also quite hard to photograph...but I can assure you it is a beauty. When you can see it in-person it is stunning. This Vulcain "Cricket" is as nice as it can be... and it can be yours! Our watchmakers have this 17 jewel marvel perfectly restored mechanically and it comes with a one year warranty for parts and labor. This will assure you flawless performance with a watch you can own for a lifetime.
Girard-Perregaux is a high-end Swiss watch manufacture with its origins dating back to 1791. It is situated in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland and is a part of the Sowind group, a subsidiary of Kering. Their watchs have always been beautiful to behold and are well made. This particular Girard Perregaux is no exception. It is the kind of dress watch that slips easily under a french cuff and sits unobtrusively on the wrist. Executed in 14k solid gold, the case measures 32mm in diameter by 36mm lug to lug, by 8mm thick. Notice the "Seahawk" designation just above the 6 o'clock position, this is the indicator that the watch is very well sealed against moisture and dust. The silvered dial is beautiful in its simplicity and easy to read. The Roman Numerals give it a very different and elegant look. Yes, this is a very nice watch that we have fitted with genuine black lizard band that suits it well. If you want a great looking Swiss dress watch from 1961, then this may be the one for you!
Elgin was the largest watch manufacturer in the World, and when this Solid Gold, Elgin, Multicolor Hunter was made, circa 1918 in Elgin, Illinois, they were dominating the Pocket Watch Market. Their popularity was due to the fact that they made a very reliable and accurate timepiece for a reasonable amount of money. This one is a 16 size, box hinge, that was carried traditionally by men as it was the standard size for everyday use.The case is a 14k, solid gold, multi-color, box hinge, beauty that was the pinnacle of solid gold pocket watches. On the solid gold case lids you can see yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, and green gold in a fantastic foliate design (on the front cover) and a multi-color "Stag" in the center of the back lid. With the addition of the classic white porcelain dial it makes for a winning combination! The movement, which is as clean as a whistle, is a 3/4 plate, 17 jewel, nickel movement, an engineering marvel, that is running perfectly. The Porcelain Dial is in excellent condition and is a good contrast for the blued steel, spade style hands. Also take note of the bow. It is what we term a "Stirrup" bow that was very desirable. The case measures 48mm in diamter, by 66mm top to bottom, by 12mm thick. Remember all of our timepieces come with our one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
First, and most importantly, Omega is a great brand that has endured the test of time. Oversize Omegas, like this one are very desirable and we constantly look for great examples. This one came from a private collection of a gentleman that took really good care of his possessions. It was a model made for the South American market and is a size rarely seen in North America. Not only is this Omega an oversize, measuring 38mm in diameter (not including the crown) by 44mm lug to lug, by 10mm thick, but it also sports a perfectly aged, silvered dial that is still in great shape showing only minor age spots. The large seconds bit takes up all the space between the 6 o'clock position and the center of the dial (very large indeed). Most of the oversize Omega's we find had their start south of the equator, since this was not a size marketed to North America in any great numbers. The 15 jewel, manual wind movement is in great condition and is running like a top. Our head watchmaker has completely restored this beauty so that it is winding, setting, and keeping time just like it did back in the day, circa 1947. The stainless steel case assures you of many, many years of wear without looking worn. The silvered dial will garner the admiring looks of your friends and acquaintances and our one year warranty for parts and labor will assure you of trouble free performance. Why not own an interesting and historic Omega....it could be yours!
Elgin was the largest watch manufacturer in the World, and when this Solid Gold, Elgin, Multicolor Hunter was made, circa 1901 in Elgin, Illinois, they were at their peak. Their popularity was due to the fact that they made a very reliable and accurate timepiece for a reasonable amount of money. This one is a 16 size, box hinge, that was carried traditionally by men as it was the standard size for everyday use.The case is a 14k, solid gold, multi-color, box hinge, beauty that was the pinnacle of solid gold pocket watches. On the solid gold case lids you can see yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, and green gold in a fantastic foliate design (on the front cover) and a multi-color bird on the wing in the center of the back lid. With the addition of the multi-color fancy porcelain dial it just doesn't get any better than this! The movement, which is as clean as a whistle, is a 3 finger bridge, 17 jewel, nickel movement, an engineering marvel, that is running perfectly. The Fancy Porcelain Dial is in excellent condition and is a good contrast for the blued steel, spade style hands. Also take note of the bow If you want a pocket watch that is of an era we will never see again, then this could be THE spectacular centerpiece of your collection. Remember all of our timepieces come with our one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
This is one of the most progressive asymetrical watches Zodiac made! Not only is it stylistically advanced for its time, it is also a mechanically advanced timepiece. The automatic (self-winding) movement has 21 jewels and is running just like new. The gold filled case is wedge shaped and measures 35mm at the widest point and 42mm from lug to lug. The watch has a gold-on-gold motif that carries all the way through the dial color. The mystery hour hand appears to be disconnected from the movement and has the appearance of floating around the dial. The center of the dial is actually a platter that rotates as it carries the hour hand creating the mystery. The crown is at the 2 o'clock position and displays the Zodiac logo. The watch has a stainless steel snap-back that makes it perfect for everyday wear. These watches are getting harder and harder to find in good condition and this one is a beauty, don't miss it. Our one year warranty means you get a watch in top condition with the most security available for an internet purchase!
Benrus is often underestimated. They made really nice watches, as you can see here, but are often overlooked in favor of more expensive watches. We think this is a tragedy since Benrus watches are great looking and well-made. This particular Benrus has a yellow gold-filled round case, with stainless steel back measuring 30 mm (not including the crown) in diameter (an American quarter measures 26 mm in diameter) by 38 mm lug to lug. This nice case houses an even nicer 21 jewel movement that is in great condition. Now take a look at the dial, it is a silvered classic that has Roman Numerals at the even chapters and pointed bar markers at the other positions with a small seconds bit at the 6 o'clock position.
This particular Benrus, circa 1955, is indicative of mid century American wristwatches. Yes, it was someone's prized possession and gently used over its lifetime and now our master watchmakers have restored it to like-new performance. It is running, winding, and keeping time like the day it arrived on these shores from Switzerland. This is a fully restored and warrantied watch that you can buy for very little dough. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence!
Once and awhile a watch comes along that makes the heart of a true aficionado sing...this is just such a watch! While Tiffany did not make any of their own watches they hired only the best-of-the-best to do just that! This wonderful Split Seconds Chronograph was manufactured by the Schwab Loeillet Tempor Watch Company, a Swiss firm of high renown. Not only is it very high grade, it is in wonderful condition both mechanically and cosmetically. The idea was to allow a racing enthusiasts to time two competitors with the stroke of a single button. When your horses left the starting gate you would depress the pusher that protrudes from the center of the crown. This action would start the sweep seconds and they would continue in this mode, shadowing each other until you depressed the pusher at the two o'clock position. This caused the second hand at the bottom to stop while the second hand directly above it continued to tick. The course time for your first horse was indicated opposite the bottom sweep second hand while the second one could be stopped after your second horse arrived at the finish line by pushing the crown pusher. At this point you could read the times of both horses opposite the sweeps and then by pushing the pusher at 2 you could sync them up again or by pushing the crown pusher you could zero everything out for a second race. Recorded minutes could be read on the subsidiary dial at the 3 o'clock position while the dial at the 9 o'clock position indicates constant seconds. If you turn this elegant watch over you can see that it has been housed in a display back case that allows you to view the movement without opening the case. The stainless steel case was custom made for this watch and I dare say you won't see another.
The Tempor movement is a fantastic 23 jewel work of art, circa 1920, that incorporates large ruby jewels and a Geneva Stripe Damasceening pattern on the movement plates. The movement is adjusted for temperature, isochronism, and it has a micrometric regulator for fine tuning. The finger bridges make the look of this movement stellar, but I think the crowning glory is the killer silvered dial. It is grained so that the light changes the background from light silver, to a subdued charcoal, depending on the angle. Everything about this watch is attractive...from its superior performance to the great look it has on a wrist. It is a good size too measuring 44mm in diameter (not including the crown) by 51mm lug to lug. We have only one and with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor you may buy with confidence.
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This is the "Holy Grail" of military Chronographs, and the only one we have had the pleasure to own after being in the business since 1979. It is the real deal! This is a Hanhart military chronograph that was made just for pilots in WWII!
The Swiss-German watch brand Hanhart is a leader in the world market, for highly precise, mechanical chronographs and they are specialists in instrument watches that are used in the air, on land and at sea. Hanhart combines cutting-edge Swiss and German engineering with the long-standing tradition and expertise of its own manufactory, which has its origins in the watch business established by Johann A. Hanhart in Diessenhofen, Switzerland, in 1882.
In 1924 Hanhart brought to market the world’s first affordable mechanical stopwatch. The great success of this stopwatch laid the foundations for further innovative technical developments, such as the complicated split-second stopwatch or an ultrafast oscillator with a balance wheel frequency of 360,000 vibrations per hour, which enabled Hanhart to become one of the first manufacturers of watches capable of measuring hundredths of a second.
Then in 1938 a new era began – the first Hanhart chronograph model, the mono-pusher “Calibre 40”, went into production. This was followed in 1940 by the legendary pilot’s chronographs “Calibre 41”. This watch is one of those legendary chronographs.
The "Calibre 41" was introduced in 1940 and is distinguished by the red button at the 4 o'clock position. The reset button was colored red to make sure the pilot didn't accidentally push it and thereby eliminate any accumulated time that was being recorded! This watch has a 1944 date clearly marked under the dial! There is a lot of hyperbole about military watches but nobody disputes the character of this watch! This Hanhart has been been lovingly restored by our master watch maker to perfect running condition . The dial is all original, with its original lume. We left the case original because we have seen so many that have been buffed to death. We wanted to leave the watch as original as possible so that it will be the perfect representation of watches from the "Great War" for those who come behind us. The hands had to be restored but they look exactly as they did when the watch was new. The 17 jewel movement is in perfect running order. This is a watch for the most serious of collectors and it can be yours! Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may by with confidence.
Before they became the hip clothing store they are today - Abercrombie was an outfitter like Orvis. They made camping and fishing gear! The company was originally established as Abercrombie Co. by David Abercrombie on June 4, 1892, in a small waterfront shop at 36 South Street in downtown Manhattan, New York. Wealthy New York businessman Ezra Fitch became one of the store's regular customers. In 1900, Fitch bought a major share in the growing Abercrombie Company and thus joined as co-founder. Abercrombie Co. later moved into larger quarters at 314 Broadway, and Fitch began to implement experimental ideas to renovate the store. In 1904, Fitch's surname was added to Abercrombie's, so the official name became Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
The Abercrombie & Fitch of old is very different from the Abercrombie & Fitch of today. The company had two locations, one in Chicago (with the additional name VL&A) and one in New York. It produced top-quality gear for the outdoors-man, fishermen, racing enthusiasts, hunters, and many others. It’s advertisements trumpeted itself as "The sporting goods store of choice for any true explorer or outdoors-man". From hunting gear. to watches, to hot air balloons, Abercrombie & Fitch carried everything that any sportsman would ever need and one of the essential items was an accurate Chronograph Wristwatch. With a Chronograph not only could a man tell the time but he could time sporting or racing events with stop watch accuracy.
This is the only Abercrombie and Fitch Chronograph we have ever had the privilege to offer for sale and it is a very interesting piece! It still has its original finish dial that speaks to all of the adventures it has seen. When you take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos you will see all of its proudly worn battle scars form years of being on the wrist of an active sportsman. Our head watch maker has completely restored all of its timing functions to like-new performance so that you may use this watch for another lifetime of adventure. The movement is an Angelus, seventeen jewel, 14 ligne caliber 210, with a 45 minute register. There are two subsidiary dials, the one at the three o'clock position is for accumulated minutes (once you engage the stop watch function) and the one at the nine o'clock position is for constant seconds (anytime the watch is running). The blued steel hands are a nice contrast against the perfectly aged silvered dial background, but I think what sets this dial off is the copper colored circle just outside the chapters. The "Abercrombie & Fitch" name arches across the top of the dial just under the 12 and just below the 6 there is the "Made in Switzerland" designation. The case measures 34mm in diameter (not including the crown and pushers) by 42 lug to lug. The case bezel is chrome and the case body and back are stainless steel. The pushers are slightly brassed out on their ends but working perfectly.
If you are looking for a watch you won't see walking up and down the avenue, then this may be the one for you!
Its not often that we have one of these phenomenal chronos in stock....they are extremely scarce and highly sought after!
This Gallet Chronograph is a watch that will knock you out! You may have seen similar watches on the internet but you have not seen anything of comparable quality! This watch comes from the prestigious firm of Gallet, makers of complicated Swiss watches, and the world's oldest watch company. The founder, Humbertus Gallet, who resided in Geneva was making timepieces in 1466. In 1864 Gallet opened the first outlet here in Chicago, and by 1885, Gallet became the first purveyor of wristwatches made exclusively for mass consumption. By 1914 Gallet had won the Grand Prize in the Chronometer category at the Swiss National Exhibit in Berne, and by 1915 Gallet was supplying hand held and cockpit mounted timepieces to the United Kingdom during WWI. This watch is one of their fabulous pocket chronometers that has been customized for wrist use, but it has been done with the skill and finesse that you rarely see in these watches! This is one BIG puppy measuring in at 47mm in diameter by 56mm lug to lug. Definitely a watch for the larger men out there or if you simply prefer a larger watch. The case work is outstanding and the dial is impeccable, but the best part is inside! The 17 jewel Gallet movement looks and functions just like new. There are no signs of wear or rust that you commonly see in conversions coming out of eastern Europe! This watch was custom made by our Master Watchmaker friend in Canada whose family has been watchmakers since 1750! We snatched it up before a collector got it so you would have a shot at it. He has only made 12 of these and they are extremely scarce! This may be that last we we will be able to own. Make sure you take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see the excellent condition and complication of this outstanding timepiece. Just look at this dial...it is simply fantastic, nice and mellow, with curb appeal to-die-for! The outer ring shows a telemetre scale in kilometers, the inner ring displays the seconds, while the red numbers inside of the chapters show the 24 hundred hour markers for military time. At the three o'clock position there is a 30 minute accumulated minutes recorder while the constant seconds is at the nine o'clock position. The luminous material in the hands and skeletonized numerals have a wonderfully mellow color that indicates its WWI vintage, circa 1916. The crown is a modified onion shape that has a central pusher that is concentric with the crown for actuating the chronograph functions. Now take a gander at the case back...it is in fantastic condition for a military watch. The crowning glory is the movement. It is as clean as a whistle and functioning perfectly. Need I say more. Once you see this large, masculine, complicated timepiece you will want to strap it on and show all your friends. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
Every time I fly into New York's La Guardia Airport and grab a cab to Manhattan, I glance left shortly after we leave the airport to get a glimpse of the old Bulova Building, executed in greystone, that sits just off the highway. The Art Deco style of the building speaks of a bygone era as does this grey dial Bulova we are displaying here. An architect customer of our pointed out that he feels there is a very architectural element to this particular watch. I guess it is the cross-bow case elements contrasted against the complimentary Roman Numerals at the cardinal positions interspersed with the red chapter markers at every other chapter. The "Spider Web" seconds bit adds an element as well. When all is said and done this is a really fun watch that could be worn by a man or a woman, even though it started out life strictly as a man's watch. The yellow gold filled case measures 24 mm side to side (not including the crown) by 37 mm lug to lug, and it has a stainless steel back for hypo-allergenic purposes, strength, and longevity. Make sure you take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see how clean the 15 jewel movement is in this mid 1930s wristwatch. It is just amazing!
We have matched a nice vintage grey, stitched, leather band to carry the color of the dial around the wrist for an integral look. Its really a great buy for some lucky soul. Remember all of our timepieces come with a one year warranty, for parts and labor, so that you may buy with confidence. Is this one calling your name?
The Hamilton watch company was founded in 1892 but they didn't produce their first watch until 1893. The first watch was designed by one of the companies founding members - H.J. Cain. Their pocket watches commanded immediate respect and became prominent timepieces for railroad engineers as well as the general public. The "Broadway Limited" was introduced in their first year of business! These watches were so respected that they became the official watch of the American Expeditionary Forces world-wide! A special wristwatch version was made and supplied General Pershing and his men in WWI . Admiral Byrd relied on the same watch on both his Arctic and Antarctic expeditions. Auguste Piccard used a Hamilton timepiece on his balloon ascent into the stratosphere in the early 1930's. The first American to summit Mount Everest - Jim Whittaker -was wearing a Hamilton in 1963! Suffice it to say that Hamilton made the best American Watches...bar none!
This rare, gentleman's Hamilton, called the "Oval", was made circa 1929. It is a caliber 987 that has a 17 jewel movement which is housed in a white gold filled, oval case, that has an engraved bezel. It is in excellent condition. The case measures 30 mm side to side (not including the crown) by 36 mm lug to lug. Hamilton made them with both a plain polish bezel and this one, with the more desirable, engraved bezel. This watch also has a spectacular two-tone dial that echoes the case shape, as does the perimeter of the seconds bit. The blued steel hands and the Arabic Numerals are filled with lume so that the numbers and the hands have a glow-in-the-dark effect when the lights are out. This is the sort of gentleman's watch that will attract attention when you put it on your wrist. It is a real classic that you don't often find for sale. Our head watch maker has lovingly restored this one for generations to come. It is winding, setting, and running, like the day it came from the factory in Lancaster, Pa. where the Hamilton Factory was located. Our famous one year warranty, for parts and labor, assures your satisfaction.
As you may know we here at Father Time Antiques are very fond of the Omega brand, and this one is no exception. Made circa 1967, this yellow gold-filled Seamaster Omega Automatic (self-winding), with date, is in excellent running condition and is a very handsome watch as well. The seventeen jewel, automatic movement is just spectacular and it is running, winding, and keeping time just as it did when new. Take a look at the "Zoom-In" views and you can see the pink gold plating that Omega coated its movements with to prevent oxidation for a hundred years. This is one of their hallmarks. The brushed silvered dial gives it an elegant appearance when played off the gold bar markers delineating the chapters. Make sure you take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see what we mean. The 17 Jewel "Bumper" Automatic movement is equally as nice and our master watchmakers have it running, winding and keeping time just as it did back in 1967. The yellow gold filled case Measures 34mm in diameter by 40 mm lug to lug. If you are tired of the giant over-sized monsters that are common fare today and you want an elegant precision timepiece then this may be the one for you. We have paired it with a croco grain leather band that gives it a unique and distinct look. All of our timepieces are covered by our famous one year warranty, for parts and labor, so that you may buy with confidence.
Orvin is a name that you probably don't know, and for good reason. This was a trade name that was owned by Sears Roebuck & Co. so that they could import Swiss Watches under a name that was exclusive to them. The good news for us today is that you can purchase an Orvin with Swiss accuracy and engineering at a price that won't break the bank. You will have the secure knowledge that it is a timepiece that could cost twice as much with a more well-known name on the dial. It is essentially a "Jeweler's Contract" watch, and this one is very nice. Not only is it solid 14K gold but it is a full rotor Automatic that has a winding indicator complication. As you rotate your wrist during your busy day the Oscillating Weight" rotates and "automatically" winds your mainspring for a very smooth delivery of power in the sweet spot of the mainspring. The 14K solid gold case measures 35mm in diameter by 42mm lug to lug. The seventeen jewel movement is in near mint condition and is winding, setting, and keeping time just like it did back in 1960 when it left Switzerland bound for our shores. This is a fantastic buy for some lucky soul and, with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor, you may buy with confidence!
Military wristwatches are all the rage and here is a Pierce Stainless Steel "Parashock" Swiss Military Wristwatch circa 1944 that is in great condition. This one won't break the bank and it has a very interesting look. It sports a charcoal two-tone dial with a black background minute track, luminous hands and numerals (that no longer glow), and a red central sweep second hand. It was warrantied to be waterproof and to accomplish this the case back has 6 compression screws that seal the back of the case. We no longer warranty vintage watches to be waterproof, but this well-sealed case will keep out all but the most invasive dirt, debris, and moisture. The "Parashock" designation (a new innovation at the time) refers to the kif springs that allow a level of shock protection for the cap jewels. It is also "Anti-Magnetic" meaning that is is resistant to magnetic fields that one might encounter. The watch measures 33mm in diameter by 40mm lug to lug. This was a standard size for the era so that it could be unobtrusive on the wrist. It will seem small if you are used to the "Tuna Can" sized modern offerings, but it is a very cool watch! All of our timepieces are warrantied for one year for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence!